Lerotholi beefs up squad

Lerotholi beefs up squad

MASERU – National Basketball League (NBL) champions Lerotholi Polytechnic have begun reinforcing their squad for the upcoming 2018/19 season with the acquisition of Khotso Khakhe from Bokamoso. Fokothi, as Lerotholi are known, were crowned NBL kings in May after winning gruelling five-game NBL finals series against Lichocha Shooting Rifles.
Before their NBL title defence begins in September, Lerotholi’s first assignment as Lesotho’s champions is the pre-season Winter Tournament set for the end of this month.

For the first time Lerotholi will be the hunted instead of the hunter and Fokothi head coach Tumelo Mara acknowledged the 2018/19 season will not be easy with teams gunning for their scalp.
As such, Lerotholi need an injection of energy and new signing Khakhe will be joined by another newcomer – Mothobi Mothobi, a promising forward from Lichocha.
“We have two new players – Khotso Khakhe from Bokamoso and Mothobi Mothobi from Lichocha Shooting Rifles’ development team,” Mara said.

“These players are bringing energy to the team especially because the competition is going to be tight and everyone will be fighting to be the best in the team.”
Mara said reinforcing is important because Lerotholi want to continue their run of success starting with the fourth edition of Lesotho Basketball Association’s (LBA) annual Winter Tournament scheduled for July 28 at Lehakoe Recreation Centre.

“Going forward we want to defend our (NBL) title and we also want to win the upcoming Winter Tournament, it would boost our motivation as we prepare for the league,” Mara said.
“We are not yet done with the signings in our team,” he added.
“We still need one or two more players.”

Nkheli Liphoto

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